Bonnie S. Wilson|
Bonnie Wilson passed away peacefully at home on December 17, 2012. She was born Bonnie Sue Rood on October 27, 1929 in Seattle, to Morris Rood and Ruth Coffin. She leaves behind her two sons, Jim and Brian, daughters-in-law, Toni and Anca, and three grandchildren, Alex, Matthew and Julia. Her family was her life and she will be dearly missed by all.
Bonnie grew up in West Seattle and Mount Vernon (Sedro-Woolley High) and graduated from West Seattle High School in 1947. She attended the University of Washington, becoming a member of Kappa Delta sorority. She briefly attended modeling school, then went on to secretarial school and worked for Fisher Flour Mills and Carol Mortgage Co. In 1959 she married Larry Wilson. In 1960 they built a lovely house on Mercer Island where they raised their sons and where Bonnie continued to live until 2010.
Besides being with her family, Bonnie enjoyed traveling. She traveled in Europe, Asia and the Middle East, alone and with her sons, and went on numerous family trips to Hawaii, California and Lake Chelan. She was very involved in Republican political events as well as assisting the Lions Club. Bonnie was a faithful member of her church, Mercer Island United Methodist, where she joined in 1966. She was an avid cat lover who cared for her cat Missy, her granddaughter's cat Skip, and a number of other island cats. She was a faithful friend, maintaining friendships which spanned decades. For the last two years she lived at Island House, where she quickly made close and lasting friendships with her neighbors.
Bonnie was a loving mother, grandmother and daughter, and her interest was always in the activities of her sons and their families. She was kind and generous and will be missed by everyone who knew her.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 26, at 2:00 pm, at the Mercer Island United Methodist Church, 7070 SE 24th Street on Mercer Island. In lieu of flowers, Bonnie asked that donations be made to the church, or to further cancer research.
Published in The Seattle Times from Jan. 10 to Jan. 11, 2013